Acne has been an ongoing concern through the years. There are a few lucky ones who have not experience acne problems. It does not only happen during puberty or teenage but it may also show in adult stage. Acne is considered as more serious than pimples since it is deeper than the usual pimples that appears just beneath the skin. Even celebrities and prominent people may experience having acne problems. Good thing that Acne treatment is getting better and better as time goes by. If we look back, most of the prescription for acne are home remedies or based from superstitious beliefs. Nowadays, there are a lot of acne treatment options that is available in the market.
The different types of acne treatment varies from effectiveness and price. Some may work for other people and some will not have the same result. Since we have different skin types. There are times that the trial and error we do for certain products may do more harm than help in healing the acne. The acne may also become infected and thus, can spread through a larger portion of the skin. It is better to consult a dermatologist to know which acne treatment is best for us. Here are some acne treatment that may be helpful for us.
Cleansers. It is recommended to use mild cleansers for the face. Though, bacteria is not really the cause of acne but it could play a role in having acne or prolonging the acne to stay on the skin. It is advisable to clean our face or the area where the acne is located. We shouldn’t also do over exfoliation on the face as it may remove the natural protection of the skin. If the skin is sensitive, over exfoliation may damage the skin as it can be quite abrasive.
Topical ointment. Salicylic acid has been used for a long time in terms of removing pimples and acne. It works by unclogging the pores and correct abnormal shedding of cells. It must be used continuously because when the use of salicylic stops, the effect stops as well. This is similar to Benzoyl Peroxide. It is believed that Benzoyl Peroxide can destroy the bacteria that caused the acne. Retinol gel is another topical solution that is being used in acne treatment. It stops the growth of the cells thus unclogging the pores. The result shows that the acne will become worst at first before it becomes better.
Sulfur – Though it is unclear how it treats acne but there are instances that it works. It is usually mixed with soap or other ingredient because of the smell. Just like alcohol and acetone, which dry the skin, it might not be possible to treat acne. It is better to still consult a doctor for the prescribed treatment that is compatible to your skin.
Light Treatments. There are different types of light treatments. Special lights are used with similar devices such as laser treatment. It is said to be a safe and an effective treatment but does not know for sure on how long is the effect. Additional sessions may need to be done to achieve the result.
Chemical peels – It said that chemical peels are the most modest and supportive benefit for acne treatment. Although they are not substitute for other treatment, we can add it as one of the acne treatment we might do. We may check our compatibility with the said procedure to know if we can get the best result by using this method.
Hormonal Treatment – Acne can also be a cause of hormonal imbalance. A hormonal treatment might be necessary. Some dermatologists may prescribed pills to correct the imbalance. There are also instances that acne occurs on pregnant women or those that are having hormonal issues. There are over-the-counter pills that we can buy but it is still better to seek or consult a doctor than doing a self treatment.
Acne treatments are not really an overnight process. It may take several days, weeks or months before the acne can heal. It depends to a lot of factors which can include lifestyle, skin type or even genetics. Sometimes, even the acne is gone, treatments are still necessary because of the scars left by the acne.
There are also non-surgical procedures which can be done for deep and depressed acne scars. Laser or fractional resurfacing are one of the options to treat acne scars. Results depend on the scars and some may need repeated sessions to fully achieve the result. Though these treatments can be a great help in reducing the visibility of scar, it is not that proven that it can eliminate the acne scar completely. Dermabrasion or microdermabrasion can be another option but just like laser, it can be dependent on the severity of the scars present.